Altus commissions Alpine High gas processing train

Altus Midstream Co., a jointly owned partnership of Apache Corp. and Kayne Anderson Acquisition Corp., has commissioned the first of its three cryogenic natural gas processing trains at its Diamond Cryo Complex in Alpine High in the Delaware basin. With a nameplate capacity of 200 MMcfd, the train is now processing rich gas and delivering NGLs as well as residue gas to sales, Altus Midstream said.

Altus Midstream Co., a jointly owned partnership of Apache Corp. and Kayne Anderson Acquisition Corp., has commissioned the first of its three cryogenic natural gas processing trains at its Diamond Cryo Complex (DCC) in Alpine High in the Delaware basin (OGJ Online, Aug. 9, 2018).

With a nameplate capacity of 200 MMcfd, the train is now processing rich gas and delivering NGLs as well as residue gas to sales, Altus Midstream said.

The operator said it expects to start up the DCC’s second processing train in July, with the third train scheduled for commissioning by the end of this year’s fourth quarter.

Once start-up of the second and third trains is completed, DCC will have a combined cryogenic processing capacity of 600 MMcfd and be able to produce an estimated 60,000-75,000 b/d of NGLs for Apache, Altus Midstream’s primary customer.

All three cryogenic trains will feature Honeywell UOP LLC’s supplemental rectification with reflux (SRX) processing technology to optimize processing economics with better NGL recoveries in both ethane recovery and rejection mode vs. more commonly used processing methods in the Permian basin, said Clay Bretches, chief executive officer and president of Altus Midstream.

“Better recoveries will drive enhanced netbacks for Apache and provide a competitive advantage to Altus for third-party business,” Bretches added.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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